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Genghis Pecan (2012) - Clown Shoes

Genghis Pecan (2012)Genghis Pecan (2012)

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-27-2012)
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buck1futter

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty nice looking beer, poured a big head and died down but stuck around through the whole beer. coco dark head.

S- Smells so good. I can smell the pecans a mile a way. Very buttery sweet smell. The roast pinches the inside of the nose, very nice and still very pleasant.

T-A very balanced porter even with the brown sugar and pecans. Pretty creamy from the start and creamy in the aftertaste. The dark malt and roasted pecans really go well in this one. Not very complex but plenty of diff. taste going on. they all blend together, but are noticeable if picked a part, really good.

M- Velvety, medium and very smooth. Like a blanket coated your tongue.

I love nutty beers, and this one is one of my new fav. in the department. So b-nuttery and clean. I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:28:53 | More by buck1futter
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deepest of browns and with a full inch of creamy tan head to begin, dying down to about a quarter as much, clinging to the edges throughout.

Dark roasted malts, inhaled through the nose and pushing outward like the air in a balloon.

Deep roastiness, but not from the coffee or chocolate that so often accompany the style. This is a distinctive nuttiness that could only come from what they’ve done with pecans here, which slowly roll around the mouth like they’re still whole. Sweet from the brown sugar, earthy, soft and chewy. Lingers for minutes.

Smooth and still prickly on the tongue, mildly burning on the back of the tongue.

Easy to drink and enjoy, especially this time of year. Tasty and unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 17:15:21 | More by mdcrouser
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque body. Thin dusty brown head. Sparse lace throughout. Good looking beer. Nice aroma of chocolate and roast and nuts. Medium bodied silky smooth beer. A nice chalkiness brings some milk chocolate and light roast to the palate. Nicely balanced flavor. Nice nuttiness....I'll say pecan. Nice little bitterness. Good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:03:10 | More by Bighuge
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bens0n

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque black with a nice amount of dark tan head, leaves a little bit of lacing, looks solid.

On the nose you can pick up on a sweet and nutty pecan pie aroma, its got way more sweetness than I would have expected, no hops or boozyness detected.

Flavor wise its got a nice sweet start and a really roasty and nutty finish.. I can pick up on a little bit of bready malt somewhere in the middle. Has a smokey aftertaste that lingers on the tongue inbetween sips

Its substantially thick for a porter, which I really like.

Overall, exactly what I expected from clown shoes, a solid offering, really interesting porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:09:08 | More by bens0n
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown-black with a thick, fat, and creamy head the color of coffee ice cream. The head lasts for awhile at a half fingers width, but the beers body is dark black and impenetrable to the eye. Lacing is light and filmy on the sides of the glass. This beer smells roasted and nutty with sweet syrup underlying everything, roasted bread is there too. A faint sweet scent of alcohol is also present but it works well with the syrupy smell and is not overpowering. The taste begin as sweet toffee and then travels into roasted nuts, faintly reminiscent from of pecans, and then slowly moving itself into roasted sweet coffee with the faintest hints of cocoa chocolate. Creamy sugar is also faintly present at the beginning of the sip. My girlfriend says the beer almost tastes like olives on the back of the throat, which I do not detect, but I kind of see where she is coming from. As it warms the beer brings more of the astringent roast that is nicely reminiscent of coffee. On the mouth, the beer is medium to thick bodied and creamy on the tongue, with a slight cloying taste from the sweet sugars and nuts, though it is by no means bad. The tongue is left damp but with a slight dryness lingering from the roasted sweet flavors. Overall this is a delicious sweet sipper. A dessert beer for sure, it carries some lovely complex flavors. Does it taste like a pecan pie though? I don’t really think so. I can sense the candied pecans and a little of the bready crust, but the roast is really what plays the most prominently with the sweet nuts, which is more reminiscent of coffee than of a pie. Great holiday beer to try, and very tasty, but don’t walk into it expecting liquid pecan pie.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:35:46 | More by Maxwell
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Poured dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head. The head soon reduces to a durable partial coat and ring. Moderate lacing.

Smells sweet and delicious. Some pecan pie filling with cinnamon. Moderately strong. Only faint grains.

Less sweet than it smells, there's a solid layer of medium and dark roasted grains with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate. A hint of roasted pecans, but wuite faint, as is the coffee in the finish. Near equal sweet/bitter by the finish. Nice nutty/malty aftertaste.

Medium body; very good carbonation level; very smooth; dry finish.

O: Lightly boozy nose and feel, but still drinks like 4-5% ABV brew. A distinct, remarkably smooth Amer. Porter. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 22:40:51 | More by chinchill
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date for some reason but this is pretty fresh.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost fully black. Big and dense light brown head adorns it. Fades at a moderate pace with decent retention. Good lacework to boot.

S: Nutty for sure. Not immediately identifiable as pecans, I almost thought hazelnuts at first. Touch of brown sugar and some decent roasted malt aspects. Char mainly with a touch of coffee bean. Gives it an almost hazelnut coffee aroma initially. Even get a little toast. It kinda smells like a cross between a brown ale (toast, nuttiness, brown sugar) and a porter (roasted malt).

T: Lots and lots of pecans and brown sugar up front. Creamy roasted malt contributes some mild char, coffee bean and a decent amount of chocolate. A bit toasty and salty(?) to boot in the middle. Chocolate is sweeter in the middle and the finish, it gets a little bitter into the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Well, this one certainly surpassed any sort of expectations I could have had. It's a nice creamy and smooth porter with lots of brown sugar and pecans. As mentioned earlier, it's almost like a hybrid brown ale/porter. Definitely on the sweet side too. It is honestly excellent given the uniqueness. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:25:20 | More by Dope
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held to the light with a nice finger of khaki head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there defenitely was some pecan nuttiness which was a surprise with a little burnt sugar, brown sugar notes, a little toasty bready malts, mild coffee aroma and a little toffee as well..

T: the coffee character was more inviting in the taste alongside the pecan nuttiness, toasty dark malts, caramel sweetness coming through, mild brown sugar and a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, toasty and slightly creamy finish.

O: I gotta say it was pretty damn tasty and the aroma was nice too. Definitely glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 18:05:18 | More by Gobzilla
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acevenom

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a two-finger length light tan head that dissipates slowly. There are some visible bubbles collecting along the side of the glass as they rise. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is of pecans with dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The roasted character isn't strong on the nose. There's some sweetness there as well. The dark roasted malts are more prevalent in the flavor than in the nose. There's dark chocolate, some molasses notes, coffee, and some pecan. The nutty character that I caught in the nose is being somewhat overpowered by the other flavors, so I don't get the pecan as much. The body is medium to full with a slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:12:05 | More by acevenom
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with some dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger and a half tall very dark tan head that reduces to a patchy thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and roasted malts with additional aromas of pecan, brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Very light notes of chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon which grow in strength as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of roasted and toasted malts that then fade into the flavors of toasted pecans. After that, there are some very light notes of cinnamon, molasses, and coffee. Throughout there are some light notes of brown sugar and chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy.

O: Overall this was an enjoyable beer and I'm glad that it was not overly sweet as I feared it might be when called a pecan pie porter - there is a lot of potential to go over the top with sweetness. Pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:38:24 | More by dbrauneis
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, opaque with a thin skin of khaki foam that leaves lacing. Smell is dark chocolate, toasted biscuit, roasted coffee..very nice. Taste is chocolate and a dose of hop bitterness then lightly sweet, prunes, dark cherries, hint of roast hazelnut coffee, char. Mouthfeel is medium, coating and velvety. Finish is mostly dry with lingering charred biscuit, and bitter baker's chocolate. An enjoyable porter but nothing remotely akin to pecan pie.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:19:05 | More by JackieTH
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/05/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark near black brown with a full finger of cream khaki head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Aromas of sugar, nuts and roasty earth.

Taste is a different take on porters. The roasty notes are certainly present but they are complemented by a distinct sweet nutty taste.

Creamy medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Long nutty finish.

I don't know that it tastes like pecan pie but this is a smooth rich tasty porter. Not my favorite from Clown Shoes but it does keep their excellent track record with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:24:42 | More by ThickNStout
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Rizalini

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip... Happy Thanksgiving!

A - Pours very dark brown, with a finger of light brown head that disipates rather quickly. Spotty lacing is left behind as I sip.

S - Burnt malts dominate the aroma, but after I get my nose in there, I get a slight hint of pecan.

T/M - The taste matches the aroma very nicely, but there is a slightly more noticable pecan taste. It's not strong because they use natural pecans, not extract. The middle is bursting with dark toasted malts. Finishes with a bittersweet/cocoa powder taste. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - This is a very tasty, drinkable porter that is very suited for the holidays. At the $5.99 price point, I will definitely be grabbing another one of these. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 08:14:33 | More by Rizalini
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gkatsoris


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: black as night. Foamy dark Tran head. No Bibles, good lacing left. Looks like motor oil.

S: chocolaty and pecan shells/husks. Coffee and espresso. butterscotch.

T: chocolate and cocao. Slightly nutty.

M: very thick and very chewy. Almost foamy.

O: not bad, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 23:53:43 | More by gkatsoris
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jpro

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Total Wine. Poured into a Duvel glass...

A: Pours an opaque black-brown with a caramel, 3-finger head of sudsy foam; not much retention sticks around... therefore, no lace.

S: Smells like a typical porter - dark chocolate, sweet malts, some distinct roastiness; smells good, but there's no pecan / pecan pie going on here.

T: Chocolate malt; light coffee notes; very sweet finish; has great porter taste - but again, the pecan pie is lacking, aside from the sweet finish, at least... still, pretty tasty.

M: Full body; high carbonation; nice texture and very smooth.

O: Pretty drinkable. I guess my gauge of drinkability is "would I ever buy a growler of this?" and for this brew, I think I would. The pecan or pecan pie is definitely not there, but that doesn't necessarily take away from this being a good porter. It would probably pair nicely with pecan pie!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:57:57 | More by jpro
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with a thin tan head that doesn't last.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a light nutty aroma.

T - Roasted malt, sweet caramel, milk chocolate lost in some burnt malt. Cocoa powder, sweet brown sugar bordering on molasses flavors with a lingering nutty finish.

M - Medium body with low carbonation and a sweet, nutty finish.

D - I get characteristics of both porter and nut brown ale in this beer. Another solid beer from Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:25:27 | More by brewcrew76
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a deep brown color with a tan head.

S- standard porter aroma of chocolate and cocoa. Notes of caramel and light roasted malt on the finish.

T- roasted malt with a dominate semi-sweet chocolate hits the palate at first. Finishes with caramel, brown sugar and nutty pecan.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light medium body. Average carbonation.

D- very good drinkability

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:37:40 | More by Viciousknishs
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On 10/03/12

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that settles down to a thin cap

S: A bit of roasted malts, char, chocolate, and a hint of nuttiness

T: Sweet roasty malts, a good bit of char, and then some sweet chocolate and pecans. The char keeps the sweetness at a restrained level, but ultimately the brown sugar, chocolate, and pecans all lend a good deal of sweetness. No alcohol at all. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering nuttiness

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Again, fairly drying

O: A good dessert porter for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Fits the fall/winter seasons well, and has a fairly high drinkability even with the relative sweetness. Worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:45:11 | More by BEERMILER12
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Underrated porter. The pecan adds a nice slightly sweet and certainly nutty beer. Above average mouthfeel. Dark brown coloured body. Pleasant and slightly sweet aroma. Very good drinkability. Fun unique stuff worth trying for those not hung up on being purists. One of the best bottle labels of recent years.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:31:35 | More by Sammy
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown. Not quite black. Light penetrates easily enough. Head is a toasty tan color. It dies off to a thin film. The frothy head leaves thick lacing drapes. Good looking beer.

S-Not a gimmick; this is a Porter through and through. Chalky and slightly burnt. Lighter notes of chocolate chips and coffee beans. Not nearly as nutty as I would have expected. There are hints of nuts, but they are soft. Decent brown sugar. I am a fan of how it isn't just a super sweet smelling brew with a fake nuttiness; this is a Porter first and foremost. But hey, I wouldn't mind a bit more pecan here. As the beer warms, the pecan definitely comes out more.

T-Decent nuttiness. Flat cola. Also chalky, chocolatey, and full of java. All the flavors are balanced. To be honest, if there was no mention of pecan on the bottle I likely wouldn't make the connection. The brown sugar slowly permeates the flavor profile. The flavors also linger pleasantly. Soft bitterness from the roastiness and some hoppiness. Really starts getting sweet as it warms.

M-Heavy side of medium bodied. Soft, calming carbonation. A bit sticky. Light to medium bitterness. Booze hidden excellently. A heavier Porter, but it goes down quick!

O/D-Pretty solid. Not their best. At very least, it is a well-rounded Porter. Sometimes it tastes nutty, then some sips seem void. I would love to have tried their Pecan Pie Porter and identify the differences between the two. Mostly anything Clown Shoes puts out is well above average and often nears greatness. This one leans closer to "above average" for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 14:28:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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match1112

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: dark cola colored body. an inch or so of thick creamy tan head settles to a ring leaving next to no lacing.

s: roasted pecans and sugars with a big malty backbone

t: taste shifts to more of a roasted malts flavor than pecans. some sweetness from the brown sugar.

m: carbonation is good, tad sticky and oily. slight bitternes on the finish from the roasted pecans and malts, doesn't feel like a hop bitterness.

o: worth picking up but i'm not sure how often i would buy it. like most of their beers i buy the first one because of the label and end up liking them just not loving them.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:02:43 | More by match1112
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Genghis Pecan is on a rampage. A rampage to invigorate my palate. Naming it after the infamously unyielding conqueror was no mistake. This thing packs a punch. However, I've had several "pecan porters" before. They are quite delicious, generally, but are also often quite sweet. This one distinguishes itself as a "pecan pie porter," so I was saving it for when I needed a sweet desert. Big mistake. This is by far the least sweet pecan porter I've ever had. I have no idea where the pie is supposed to come in. It went straight from Genghis to raw pecan. The great Khan clearly had no time to bake a damn pie. So THAT is a misnomer. Still a great stout, though. Very very nice bitter roasted malt flavour. And that's what dominates despite the fact that it's supposed to be pecan flavoured. So, for a decent stout, this is a decent beer, but if you want something sweet or something really pecan-flavoured, this is not the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 05:34:43 | More by ElCommodoro
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass. bottled 11/13/12

A: almost black, but not quite. A bit darker than most porters, but not quite as dark as a stout. Nice, tan-ish head. settles to a nice ring.

S: roasty, a bit of chocolate

T: roasty, chocolate, not as much pecan as I was hoping for. Very hard for me to pick any out. Who knows, maybe it is just not hitting on my palate. YMMV? Tastes good. Don't get me wrong. It tastes good. Just not getting the pecan. Maybe more will come through as it warms.

M: Pretty solid. Nothing special. Medium+ carbonation.

O: a good beer. Probably wouldnt buy again if I'm looking for a pecan porter. Probably would buy again if I'm just looking for a tastey, reasonably priced beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:15:08 | More by ilikebeer03
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shand

Florida

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Genghis Pecan pours a deep brown with a relatively sizable head. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and slightly sour. The taste offers a full, nearly ashy roast along with a subtle nut characteristic. The sour component is still present, if not as strong as the nose presented, suggesting the beginning stages of an infection. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good. Overall, Genghis Pecan is a pretty solid porter. The sour aspects haven't progressed to the point where they really hurt the beer that much.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 03:22:00 | More by shand
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rab53

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: "Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston."

Deep brown with thick light mocha head.
Smells faintly roasty and nutty.
Having recently consumed a bottle of the (presumably discontinued?) Pecan Pie Porter, this rendition is overall less sweet and has a subtle tannic quality. The pecan flavor is actually more subdued, and the porter qualities take center stage.
Lightly carbonated, perhaps a touch on the thin side.
Worth a try. I prefer the original pecan porter, but this is by no means a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:52:53 | More by rab53
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Genghis Pecan (2012) from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.